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April 2011

Clearly Fab Embellies

I love acrylic and creating "clear". Working with acrylic sounds complex, but really it can be very easy. One of the cool things about acrylic is that you can work on the front and the back of acrylic items--this gives your project extra dimension, especially when working on layouts. On this layout I used two simple and quick techniques with acrylic that are easy to do and copy.
Clear Scraps not only makes cutting edge acrylic albums but they also make diecuts from acrylic and chipboard. One of my favorite products from Clear Scraps are the Clear-N-Chip Diecut Packs. These themed packs contain one 12x12 diecut acrylic sheet and one coordinating 12x12 diecut chipboard sheet. There are LOTS of pieces in each pack and they are so versatile, you can use them on multiple projects.
On this layout I used the Clear-N-Chip Carson's Park Pack which is filled with gears and arrows. Just because this Pack screams "boy" doesn't mean I am limited to boy projects with it--the beauty of chipboard and acrylic is that you can customize them to any theme or color you need.
I chose the acrylic arrows from the Clear-N-Chip Carson's Park Pack. First, remove the protective plastic from both sides of the acrylic shapes. Since these shapes are relatively small, I ran them through my Xyron "X' Adhesive Sticker Maker. Adhering acrylic can be challenging but one of the best rules I follow is to cover the entire surface of the acrylic item with adhesive. That gives the piece a uniform look --usually the edges of the adhesive (i.e. tape) show up when working with acrylic. By covering the entire surface with adhesive there are no edges to show.
Clear Scraps diecut acrylic shapes are pliable so you can bend them slightly if needed to fit through the Xyron "X". After the acrylic shapes have been run through the machine, rub them to create a sticker (follow the instructions on the sticker maker). Remove the top plastic layer.
Now the acrylic arrows are actually stickers! See how the adhesive is evenly distributed across the entire surface of the acrylic arrow?
That's what we want! Peel the acrylic arrow stickers and adhere them to your patterned paper--what you see through the arrow is what the pattern on your arrow will be.
Trim around the arrows with scissors. 
Now they are decorated on the back with patterned paper.
To give these arrows more dimension, I decorated the fronts with rub-ons. I used Hambly rub-ons but you can use any brand of rub-on or a stamp with Staz-On ink. 
I laid my rub-ons on both arrows at the same time and just rubbed portions of the images onto the tops of the arrows. I did not want to cover the arrow because I wanted the patterned paper from the bottom layer to peek through. 
The contrast between the rub-ons on the front of the acrylic arrow and the paper on the back gives the arrows depth and dimension.
After the rub-ons were added, I added the arrows to my projects. The acrylic gives the slightest bit of shine which is balanced out with the satin trim I used to make some flowers on the page. The arrows and their glossy contrast to the matte paper of the layout draw the eye around the page to my journaling and a photo to which the arrows are pointing.
Posted by Jennifer Priest


Good morning from Clear Scraps!!!! Are you ready for a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY??! You know last week we had an amazing giveaway, the brand new Top Load Album....*winner below*

How about another fantastic GIVEAWAY today!!! Today's GIVEAWAY is the amazing, beautiful  Spring Mixables Album. You do NOT want to miss this one!


Do you want to win??

SHARE this giveaway!! Share on Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Email!


 Then just leave a comment on this blog post!!

For extra chances to win....every person you "refer" to Clear Scraps you will get an extra entry in the giveaway raffle this week! 

Go tell your friends!

 We are a friendly bunch and have so many ideas to share!!

Share the Clear Scraps love!


Here is the TOP LOAD ALBUM WINNERRRRR!!!!! randomly drawn...

I am already a follower of this blog. I have been for a long time. And Yes, Irene album is just stunning!!

Posted by: HeatherC | April 22, 2011 at 09:17 PM


Heather please email [email protected] with your prize and address! 


Did you see the Imaginisce blog yesterday? They had an amazing feature on Clear Scraps a giveaway...and they are doing another one today! Hurry over and enter there too! Double your chances to win some fun! 

Don't forget Clear Scraps carries so many amazing acrylic AND chipboard products, you won't ever run out of inspiration!


Using Acrylic to Bring Out the Boy!

Ever since I gave birth to my son, my scrapping style has been sent into a tizzy. See, I have two older daughters that my entire crafting style has been centered around for years. Flowers, flourish-y, feminine, whimsical, beauty with a bit of grunge. Yep, that is what has been "ME" for a long time. But, then Jax showed his curly and adorably boy face, and I am still trying to work out what that means for me and my style because I love adding layers and embellishments that I make myself... but I don't want his pages to look just like his sisters'.

And then I figured it out. Acrylic. Acrylic. Acrylic. With Clear Scraps I can totally make my own embellishments and customize them to be totally boy, and still build the layers that I like as well as keeping it grungy and boy.

I LOVE IT! Here I used a clear scraps extruded acrylic sheet to stamp on various sizes of gears. I then adhered them to scraps of torn patterned paper using zip dry, and popped some up on top of the others for added dimension.

I also used the inside rectangle from the Clear Scraps Decorative Frames, cut it in half and stamped with gears also, creating tabs on either side of my series of photos.

Using my black Viva Perl Pen, I then added dots and fake brads around the gears and photo edges. I finished the layout off using Shimmerz Paints, making sure that the paint dripped behind the acrylic edges for added dimension and texture. I think I am in love. And not just with the boy in the photo, but with everything I am going to be able to create with Clear Scraps acrylics. Having the ability to customize every piece to my the individual projects and pages I am working on, is a dream come true!

xx Heidi

~Maximize Your Acrylic!~

Good morning from a spring filled Tennessee!

Pinky here with a post about maximizing your acrylic sheets.

I love making cards and I love making acrylic cards even more, I have been on a kick lately of using up my scraps and using them on "half" of  a card vs an entire card is perfect! Did you know you can get 6- 4" by 6" cards from one sheet of

Clear Scraps 12X12 Acrylic?


I just trim the Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheet to 4X6 and use it as the front of my card.

I take another 4X6 piece of patterned paper for the back and a 2"X6" scrap for the binding on top of the card. Not only does the Clear Scraps Acrylic add a touch of beauty to the card but it also makes it very interesting and unusual. 


Fantastic for a special friend or any occasion. You don't have to be a scrap superstar to make a superstar card! :) 


I would love to see your acrylic work, if you have a special project please link us up!

Pinky- Clear Scraps Design Team

Products used for this project:

Glue Arts Extreme glue

Pink Paislee Patterned papers

My Mind's Eye rubons

Happy Me Layout

happy Monday everyone.

Grace is here to share with you a layout I made using acylic frames from the Chloe Vintage Frames pack plus some acrylic swirls.

Happy Me

Happy me

In this layout, I also used some My Mind's Eye products and I-rock  from Imaginesce.


Happy me (1)

For the frames, I ran them through my embossing machine first to create the texture and then added paint on the back of them. This made the embossed impression more evident.


Happy me (2)

I used the same paint to add color to the acrylic swirls. Again, I painted on the back. I like the effect of the paint under the acrylic versus over it.


Happy me (3)
and added the I-rock gems on my journaling block. I used the blue color to match the color of the shirt that I'm wearing on the pictures.

As you can see, I used the acrylic pieces to add a visua triangle in my layout.I love how the greens stand out against the muted colors of the page.

So there you have it. Another easy way to dress up a layout using Clear Scraps Acrylics. Make sure you check these and other Clear Scraps products here.


Till next time,


An Easter basket tutorial

Happy Easter, everyone!

Today I'm going to share with you one of my very favourite things to do with Clear Scraps acrylic....and that is:  make boxes and baskets out of it.  I've done many over the past few years and everytime, someone is astonished at how flexible and easy-to-manipulate extruded acrylic is.  I hope this video will get you excited about some of the things you can make "off the page."





Word Titles...

Hi all Rita Barakat here! Have you seen these Expressions Clear Word Titles?
They have so many possibilities! Here I used the word "Memories" for a wall hanging!
My boys have already claimed this one! Now I know my little boys can't resist touching it
so I used Shimmerz on the back- I sprayed alot and set it aside to dry. When it was dry I
flipped it over and attached it to the backdrop with lots of Glue Dots (R)! So fun!
Supplies: Clear Scraps Expressions Clear Word Title and backing
Papers - Ta Da Creatie Studios. Shimmerz Spritz in Jenni B Blue Hermit The Frog, Tinsle - Pink Paislee  

Psst! Don't forget about this weeks super duper giveaway!!! Check it out here...

~SUPER Special GIVEAWAY this Good Friday!~

Good morning and happy Friday from Clear Scraps!

We have been dropping hints that maybe...just maybe there might be a special GIVEAWAY this week and today is the day!!!! We won't make you wait any longer to find out....this Friday's giveaway is...

*drum roll*



VALUED AT 29.99!!!!

You have seen Irene and the DT's amazing work on this album and the videos we have shared. You KNOW this is the most amazing, inventive product for 2011 in acrylic!! This is a once in a lifetime chance to win a FREE album!


Are you excited now?????



Do you want to win??

SHARE this giveaway!! Share on Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Email!


 Then just leave a comment on this blog post!!

For extra chances to win....every person you "refer" to Clear Scraps you will get an extra entry in the giveaway raffle this week! 

Go tell your friends!

 We are a friendly bunch and have so many ideas to share!!

Share the Clear Scraps love!


Now for last week's WINNER of the XL Deco Shaped Acrylic pages  and D-stress tool

These albums look so great & that detressing tool would come in very handy. 

Congrats to last weeks winner.

Posted by: Tona | April 15, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Please email [email protected] and include your name, address,and prize.

12" x 12" Top Loading Acrylic Album

Dream Altered Album Cover(resize) 

Hello everyone! It's Irene here again. Today, I would like to share with you all the "new" 12"x12" acrylic Top Load Album by Clear Scraps which I've decorated using some inks, pattern papers, stamps and flowers. These albums are so much fun and you can personalized it in anyway you want. You can give it away as a gift or simply just add your personal touch to it to create your one of a kind album.

The pattern papers that I've used on this album are from Pink Paislee.

Below are more close-ups on it.


I've also used a mini "dream" acrylic expression on this album cover.

I've used a Viva Decor pearl pen to add some details on ths masked images.

The acrylic covers gives this album such an elegant touch. Its definitely an album worth exhibiting in your living room for all to see. 


Clear Scraps DT Member

A quick tutorial on acrylic

Hi bloggers Rita Barakat here with a quick tutorial on acrylic. Did you know you can stamp and paint on acrylic? This cute little Mini album has chipboard and acrylic and you can ordeer it any way you like from Clear Scraps! I used Staz On ink on the top to stamp my image (Imaginisce) and then flipped it over and used paint daubbers and Shimmerz paints on the back to fill in the color.
Why  flip it over? I'm glad you asked that question! If I were to paint on the front I might accidentally cover some of the outline I made with the stamps... 
If I paint on the back I don't have to be as careful and it gives the design dimension as well! (*If you want to add extra dimension on the top you can go over your stamped image with a Glaze pen! If you are really artsy you can freehand a drawing or trace a cute pattern with the Glaze pens!) If you want to see the rest of this album visit my blog!  (And is you are wondering what line this paper and stamps are from it's the "Berrylicious" from Imagincise, cute huh?)

Family tri fold frame



Hello all.

Today I want to share with you what I made with the new Tri fold cast acrylic frames.


Family home decor

I used the regular frame and placed Basic Grey pattern papers on the back of them. I love how even though you cover the whole acrylic piece in pattern paper, because it's adhered on the back, the texture and shiny aspect of the acrylic still shows in your projects.


Family home decor (1)

I also added a piece of acrylic from the mini deco album for a quote sticker that I wanted to add to my project. I was worried about the hole in the acrylic piece but luckily because of it's clear aspect, you don't even see the hole. I added Pearl pen paint from Viva Decor on the edges of all the acrylic pieces to emphasize their shapes. I also added some strips of fabric and ribbon here.

Here's some close ups.....

Family home decor (2)


Family home decor (3)


Family home decor (4)
I used some clear adhesive dots to adhere the papers onto the acrylic. Because of the busyness of the patterns you can't hardly see the adhesive but just to make sure, I added some flowers and leaves on top of the portions where the adhesive is located. Now nobody is the wiser when it came to where I placed my adhesives! *wink*


So there you have it. Make sure you check these fun Clear Scraps and all the rest of the product line here.


Till next time,


"Life is a Garden" Top Load album

I have one more leftover Imaginisce project to share with you today....using one of our brand new 12x12 acrylic Top-Load albums that are Now Shipping!!  For my project I chose the Scallop Top-Load album and to emphasize the scallopped edge, I punched a whole bunch of circles out of the Imaginisce patterned paper and fussy cut a small fruit/garden character to go on each circle.  My vision for this album is that it will be a book of memories we'll make this summer.  I kept the front very simple with a sheet of paper behind it and some flowers, some jewels (adhered with the fabulous iRock) and a matted die cut title.  Life is a Garden CS album

Life is a Garden CS album (2)


Life is a Garden CS album (3)


One tip:  the top of these albums have hinges on them so it was almost impossible to put a circle of patterned paper there.  I tried using my X-acto knife to trim it precisely but we all know what a lot of work that is.  In the end, my trick was to put the patterened paper circles on the underside of the front cover, facing up.  That is, after all....the beauty of acrylic - that you can see through it.   Then all that had to happen was a quick slit with my X-acto knife on the paper where the hinge actually opened and Ta-da....a complete border of punched circles.


Life is a Garden CS album (4)


A big thank you again to Imaginisce....what lovely product you have and what a treat to be able to play with it.

You can see more of these incredible 12x12 Top-Load albums here at

Berry Sweet

Berry Sweet(resize) 
Today, it's my turn to share with you all a layout of mine which I've used Clear Scraps acrylic XL Deco shape with Imaginisce Berrylicious line.

Here are some close-ups on it.


The sun is stamped onto the acrylic XL shape and then colored with Copic markers. I've also used some Magic Mesh to add some textures to the edges of the acrylic shape.


This paper line is too cute! I've used some of the cute images to layer at the bottom of this layout.


In the close-up above, I've attached the flower underneath the acrylic shape and later, cut out another flower from the paper line to add on top of it. I've also used the a swirly stencil and the Irock products to create the swirl here. 

I hope you all find this layout as sweet as the title suggest! 


Clear Scraps DT Member

Supplies: Acrylic Products: Clear Scraps; Cardstock: Bazzill; Pattern Papers and Cut Outs: Imaginisce; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink, Tsukineko Staz On; Stamps: Imaginisce; Others: Imaginisce Irock glam rocks and flowers, Magic Mesh, Zig Painty marker, Copic markers, lace, brads, thread for stitching, Beacon and Tombow adhesives.